The EcoKidz Family Challenge is an interactive family program geared towards the younger generation and designed to keep the kids engaged as we explore various conservation challenges.

During the fun-filled EcoKidz Program, you will meet some very amazing Eco-Catz who will challenge your family to learn more about their furry friends in the wild. At the end of the tour, pledge your commitment to becoming a Tenikwa EcoKid,

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EcoKidz Pledge
  • Respect all creatures great and small
  • Take care of all animals, protects their spaces and habitats
  • Look after the environment
  • Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle
  • Share their knowledge
  • Help others understand to become Eco-Wize

The EcoKidz Family Challenge is ideally suited to families with children between the ages of 7-12 years when children are very receptive to instilling a love of nature and the environment.

DEPARTURE TIMES

Daily at 10h30 and 14h00.

 Please contact us if you would like to book for another time slot.

DURATION

This is a 1.5 Hour program

PRICE

R250 per adult. R150 per child under 12 years of age.
Toddlers 4yrs and under are no charge.

Educational material and Pledge Certificates are included

THE ECOKIDZ FAMILY CHALLENGE POLICIES AND RULES

Children Policy

This is a program designed especially for children and their family. It is suitable for all ages, and the tour content is designed for the 7-12 year age group. For safety reasons, In certain enclosures, parents may be requested to pick their young children up, or if the guide feels that the situation is unsafe, small children will need to remain outside a particular enclosure with one parent.

There is pram access to each enclosure, but prams will have to be left outside the enclosure.

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code, however bags and backpacks will not be allowed to be carried on tour.

All guests including children must wear shoes on the program

Group Size

This is a group program.  We normally try to limit the size of the group to two families.

Fitness Policy

This program is wheelchair friendly, pram friendly and benches are placed along the way to rest if necessary.

Difficulty - Easy 30%

Weather Policy

The EcoKidz Family Challenge is an all weather program. Rain jackets are provided in inclement weather.

No Touch Policy

Animal Contact Policy

Although the EcoKidz allows guests to be in close proximity to the cats, a No Touching Policy is enforced on this tour.

Photography Policy

Guests are welcome to take photographs of the cats during the tour. Flash photography is prohibited and Flashes must be disabled. Selfie-sticks are not allowed in the enclosures. “Selfies” with the cats in the background are not allowed. Guests may not pose with the cats. The guides may not take photographs on your behalf whilst in the enclosures.

EcoKidz Family Challenge

Furry Family Fun
R250.00 Per Adult

Children 4-12 yrs – R150.00 Per child

Children under 4 yrs – No charge

  • “A wonderful experience”

    I recently took my two grandchildren (aged 7 and 5) to Tenikwa for the second time. They loved it so much the first time and have been begging me to take them again. I must say that they loved the experience and took in so much of what our guide was saying. Our guide was Jacob and he was excellent. His explanations suited not only the adults but could easily be understood by the children. What a wonderful experience this was for myself and my grandchildren and I am thrilled to say, they still remember a lot of what they were told. I’ve already been told that when they next visit Plettenberg Bay they want to go again.

  • “Great experience!!”

    Great experience to visit this place, truly an awareness centre – not a zoo!
    Animals are treated very well, some wounded animals have found a home here and are well taken care of. You can truly feel the respect the staff has for all the animals here!

  • “Close Encounter with Wild Animals ”

    We enjoyed our visit to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre where we were made aware of how some of the sick or injured wild animals were rescued, rehabilitated and then released back to the wild.

    It was an enriching tour as well as a thrilling one as we came up close to see African storks, blue cranes, Caracals, servals, meerkats, leopards, lions and even went with the guide into an enclosure where 2 cheetahs were. What an awesome experience! I highly recommend this tour!

    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor June 2017
  • “Cats up close”

    We had had the pleasure of doing a few safaris before coming here, but the enclosures did not dampen the experience. The staff were proud as they should be of the education and assistance they’re providing to visitors and the animals. Other cats and wildlife we did not expect to see were also there for eg. African wild cats (which look like a domestic cat). Staff were very attentive to our group. When it started to rain within minutes we were provided with ponchos. Being able to photograph baby lions up close was a real treat also. This centre is very worth a visit.

  • “Inspirational Place!!”

    Our sunset Cheetah Walk was one of the highlights of our visit to South Africa. To be up close to two majestic beautiful animals was a dream come true. The walk is all about the cheetahs as you are joining them on their walk and we felt very honoured to be part of it. There are no leads and you simply follow the cheetahs at their pace. At no time did we feel unsafe and had three wonderful guides with us – Msizi, Mfundo and Patrick, who are very knowledgable and passionate about the animals. There was plenty of photo opportunities on the walk. This is an amazing centre which is doing some much in raising awareness of conservation issues in South Africa and in rehabilitating animals. An amazing experience was had by everyone and fantastic memories were made. We hope to be back one day!!

  • Close Encounter”

    Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve is a charming centre to experience African Big Cats. They also have a rehabilitation centre on site where they rehabilitate injured animals found in the Garden Route. The work the staff does is extraordinary as the amount of care given to these animals is phenominal. Our guide Peter was brilliant in that he was very knowledgeable about the animals and the conservation work going on at Tenikwa. I will definitely recommend this place as my experience getting up close to a cheetah was a once in a lifetime experience and something i will treasure for the rest of my life.

  • “Incredible”

    So much more than I expected. Very informative and excellent guide. We’ll worth a visit even if you intend to visit game reserves during your stay in South Africa

  • “The best Big Wild Cats Sanctuary in South Africa”

    I am an avid wildlife photographer and I have visited Tenikwa many times to join the photographic tour. Tenikwa is in a class of its own. Great care is taken to ensure that the animals there are kept in enclosures which give them privacy, companionship and ample vegetation to create the feeling of “nature surrounding”. The first introduction to your tour is a short but entertaining video to give you some insight and history of the animals there. The photographic tour is wonderful. In some instances you are allowed into the enclosures (excluding the leopard and the lions) to take some more close-up shots. The guides are always good. They can tell you anything and everything about each different “big cat” you meet on your tour, be it about the species or one or two of the animals themselves. These animals are definitely not circus animals and are semi-wild. They are treated with great respect and visitors are expected to do so as well. There are also other tours such as walking with the cheetahs etc. For refreshment there is a coffee shop and for the shopper a curio shop with some wonderful items. The love and respect for the inhabitants of Tenikwa are well reflected in the manner in which they are treated, respected and revered. Many are rescue animals and all are ambassadors for their species. Wildlife awareness is emphasized and taught. Yet when leaving there one has the distinct feeling that you have really seen, and have lived an experience with the Big Cats of South Africa. I personally love Tenikwa!!!!

    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor January 2017
  • “Incredible experience and best guides ever!!”

    Went to the place this morning as it was on our way along the garden route. We are all from the UK and over to SA for a wedding/holiday.
    The reserve is amazing. All the animals are treated to the highest standard and the staff do so much to rescue and care for felines aiming to put them back into the wild if and when appropriate. They are very well kept in very big areas and fed as much as they need. They are clearly comfortable with people which is astonishing to see.
    Our guide was Senzo: an amazing gentleman who explained everything in plain English adapting his vast knowledge to the audience. He answered every single question with precision and professionalism. One can tell Senzo simply knows everything about his big cats, and not only that, he loves his job.
    I definitely recommend this experience. The reserve is well signalled along the route and the shortest walk is only an hour.

  • “Experience of a lifetime!!!”

    I have loved big cats since I was little so I had high expectations of this place. My expectations were well surpassed. If you want to learn about animal conservation and support the amazing work they do here, you MUST go.
    Our guide was Ash. He was so passionate about all the animals in the Sanctuary. Not just the cats. This is clearly not just a job for him.
    We did the wild cat experience with the cheetah walk. It was unbelievable to be so close to these truly beautiful animals.
    Was also had the privilege of chatting to Karen who provides direct support to the animals. We wish Thandi all the best in her recovery.
    The restaurant also does great food!

    Visited April 2017
  • “The Tenikwa Cat Awareness Centre is brilliant”

    The chance to get up close with caracels, lions, servals, African wild cats, cheetahs and leopards is not to be missed. Our guides, Peter and Patrick gave us lots of really useful and interesting information. Thee Tenikwa Centre is a must-see location. Don’t miss it!

    Visited May 2017
  • “Inspiring place”

    This a place where care, deep knowledge of conservation stand out: an unusually genuine place where you can be fully engaged with an ethically-centred experience of African cats and other animals.

  • “Crazy Cat day!!”

    My wife and I are animal lovers and decided to experience the crazy cat day offered at Tenikwa Wildlife center. It was truly a memorable day. You start your morning by helping the staff with any morning duties in the rehab center. We fed some rescued penguins, and spent time prepping food and feeding a 2 month old porcupine.

    After that we enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast and coffee on their terrace, before meeting up with our absolutely wonderful guide Joel who we spend the rest of the day with.

    The afternoon was spent visiting the many cat enclosures on the property. Joel guided us through the center viewing many of the cats (I.e the lions and leopards) from outside their enclosure, but taking us with the confines of the cheetah and Serval enclosures. We never felt unsafe as Joel guided us where to walk, where to sit, and what to do.

    After a delicious afternoon lunch break (I enjoyed chicken curry and some chocolate cake), we had the amazing experience of feeding the cats. With all of these cats being wild, Joel was careful to ensure that we fed the cats from a safe distance and outside of their enclosure.

    We capped the day off with a 2k walk with their beautiful male and female cheetahs. Surrounded by multiple guides, we meandered through a trail that was just off the main cheetah enclosure. This was simply a superb way to close out our day.

    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor May 2017
  • “Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve worth a visit”.

    We only ever visit animals that are in danger and need a good home to be looked after. We have visited an elephant nature reserve in Thailand so thought we would do Tenikwa whilst on the Garden Route. It turned out to be well worth it.
    Our guide “Ash” was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful – thank you.
    Ash took us on our private tour of the animals and explained the job of the reserve. We spent about 90 minutes there and thoroughly enjoyed it. You get really close to the animals to see them in their environment. There is no touching of the animals allowed.
    Keep up the excellent work of informing people about endangered animals.

    Visited February 2017
  • “Extraordinary Experience with Passionate Professionals”

    First of all, Tenikwa and our tour deserves 10 points. The work being done here and what you learn is unbelievable and all the people are committed to its mission. We felt honored to be part a day at Tenikwa.

    Now regarding our tour, the walk with the the cheetah, it was over the top! Our guide Ash was so knowledgeable and caring he thought ahead of everyone’s needs, ours and the cheetah. He started by first showing us a short film explaining a few safety precautions and information about the cheetah.

    Our walk began along with his assistant Peter who worked with Ash in bringing the cheetah out in the specially enclosed area which was several acres in size. The pair worked in tandem, Peter typically ahead of the cheetah and Ash and ourselves just a few feet behind him. We walked for over an hour, sometimes we had to jog to keep up For short periods. Periodically the cheetah would just lay down and roll in the dirt to. mark his territory, or take a drink of water from a pond.

    Peter was fabulous taking our cameras from us and getting incredible photos for us in addition to the ones we took ourselves.

    There are barely any words to describe being so close to this magnificent cat.

    Later in the morning, After complimentary tea/coffee and a muffin, we toured the other big cats of Africa with Ash’s other assistant Patrick,and saw two incredible white lions, a leopard that was above our heads resting, and more beauties!

    We were very grateful to all the extpertise these gentleman shared with us during our visit. Our only regret was not having more time to have more experiences. They offer an array of great tours, all very educational. It was also good to hear the fee for the tours supports Tenikwa.

    Visited May 2017
    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor May 2017
  • “Wonderful experience with wonderful guides”

    Having visited Tenikwa on my first trip to South Africa 2 years ago, I was more than happy at the chance to visit a second time. This centre is perfect for big cat lovers and people who are conscious of the welfare of such animals, rather than only caring about getting that perfect selfie. Tenikwa really looks after their animals and the whole experience is very informative and designed to educate visitors as well as provide an enjoyable experience. We came by late afternoon for the general tour and then back the next morning for a sunrise walk with the cheetahs, which was a real highlight. Being able to walk alongside them, free of reigns or leads, and watch them behave and play as they would do, is a delight. Our guides, Mfundo, Cloud and Joel were excellent, very friendly, and knew everything there was to know about the animals. Mound in particular, as he also took us on the general tour the day before, was a truly wonderful guide.
    I would highly recommend this centre for animal lovers on any visit to the Western Cape!

    Visited March 2017
  • “Unique Non-Tourism Awareness Centre”

    A unique refuge and rehabilitation sanctuary, we were very impressed with Tenikwa, as fellow South-Africans in the Tourism industry we appreciate this great conservation project. The tour exceeded our expectations, the animals are well-kept in spacious enclosures that represent their natural habitat. Loved the different species of cats & close-up encounters with lion cubs and cheetahs. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made sure we understood that the animals were still wild animals, we did not feel intrusive at all, as these cats only experienced enclosed living, not another Zoo which was so great! Will definitely recommend to all our guests. Worth every penny!
    Would have loved to be shown the rehabilitation facility!

  • “Amazing place! Definitely worth a visit”

    On family holiday down the garden route our guide suggested we visit here to see the big cats up close and personal. It was a brilliant suggestion the staff that showed us round were very well informed and capable of answering any questions. they also clearly enjoyed there job and the work they do with the animal.
    I thoroughly suggest you visit here you wont regret it!

  • “Special Day”

    This place is really special, not only does it rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals but also works with communities to educate them. We didn’t do the cheetah walk but still got up close to the big cats. A wonderful time and definitely worth a visit, you will learn so much.

  • “Amazing.”

    This was a highlight of our 3 weeks in southern Africa. Had a chance to walk with Cheetahs that are wild!! Mfundo Ash-Sizwe was a wonderful guide that made a terrifying experience a highlight. We were one if ,6 people that walk with Cheetahs 2 times per day to enhance their lives. The roam free we followed their lead. Amazing. Bravo to this center that rescues these animals.

    Visited May 2017
    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor May 2017
  • “Excellent”

    We booked EcoKidz family challenge, it was an excellent experience for all the family, our guide Mthobisi was extremely knowledgable and really engaged our two children aged 9 and 12.